I wrote a while back that the Catholic Church and some Pentecostal groups will be hurt by President Trump’s effort to discriminate against people of certain races. Now it is actually happening.
Pastors of some Hispanic churches report attendance is down and they know why. It is because members without proper immigration papers assume Feds will be watching churches and they do not want to reveal themselves.
Many are raising children and do not want their children to be left without parents. Pastors and Priests are helping families make contingency plans for children in case parents are picked up and not allowed to go home to wrap things up there.
But, the problem is even more dire. Someone who helps a family with illegal members is also subject to prosecution. Thus, if the church sends out buses to bring people to church or friends or relatives give rides to church they are subject to legal charges as well.
All of this is going on for political purposes. The flow of both illegal and legal immigrants from Mexico has been slowing. There are more people returning to Mexico than coming to the U. S.
When people come to the U. S. illegally, start careers and have children the cost of deporting them out of the country grows. Children are left behind and often push a cost onto government.
Allowing illegal people to stay, pay taxes and raise these children is a profitable policy for U. S. taxpayers.
Deporting them is better politics.